Indira Urrutia Zúñiga

“Art allows me the freedom to explore my inner self juxtaposed to my outer self.”

About Indira Urrutia

Indira Urrutia is a Chilean born artist, an educator, and co-founder of Mi Cultura Art Project. Since Graduating with B.S in Studio Art she is following her passion for photography with explorations into other formats such as mixed media, installation art, experimental video, and metal weaving.
“While educating at the public program “Friday Night” at the de Young Museum, I saw the work of Ruth Asawa. Knitting and weaving was a part of my life as a child and into my adulthood. It is a technique that gots passed on through generations. Upon learning that Asawa developed this technique in Mexico, I decided to embark on the search of its origins. After some time in Mexico, I was only able to find one mother and daughter in the village of Masiaca (south of Sonora) who continued this practice. I realized that due to mass manufacturing of the product this village used to make, an entire village who used to live and learn from their ancestors lost these skills for future generations. This is an unfortunate reality around the world with many other weaving styles and techniques.”
Since 2016, Indira Urrutia started exploring the technique of metal weaving. Knitting and weaving have been part of Urrutia’s life since childhood. As such, Indira uses the process of hand knitting to reconnect with the female family members who have inspired her throughout her life. Just as she has done with photography in the past, Urrutia uses weaving to recollect the memories, tales, and history of her life.

Professional Experience

Co founder/ Executive Director Mi Cultura Art Project, San Francisco, CA 2014 – Present
• Oversaw entire organization.
   – Developed curriculum and taught K-8.
   – Worked with students from a variety of racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.
   – Curate exhibits with students’ art work.
Creative Director The Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA 2013-2014
• Oversaw entire organization.
   – Curator for visual art program, performing program and family art program.
   – Recruited staff, interns and volunteers.
   – Implemented our weekly staff conversational meetings.
• Developed long-lasting community engagement model with residents, organizations and schools.
• Centro de Bellas Artes, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2009

Activities Coordinator for Dia de Los Muertos, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco CA 2014 to Present
• Overseen the art activities the day of the event.
• Cordinate and créate activies for the event
• Work with a wide range of volunnteers

Art Teacher

  • Mi Cultura Art Project, San Francisco CA. 2013 – Present

  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, (BAMPFA). Berkeley, CA. 2017  – Present

  • The de Young Museum, San Francisco CA. 2013 – 2016

  • San Francisco Youth Theater, San Francisco, CA. 2015 – Present

  • The Marsh Youth Theater, San Francisco, CA. 2006 -2008 and 2013 – 2015

  • Imagine Bus Art Project, San Francisco, CA. Summer 2007

  • Comprehensive Art Program, New Haven, CT, 1998 – 2002

  • The Neighborhood Place, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT 2000 – 2002

Motivational Lectures

2Greenprints project, an itinerant photographic project which moves on bicycles across the American Continent (From Alaska to the Chilean Antarctic) in search of natural, social and cultural values that characterize the countries of the American Continent. A project promoting solidarity, equity, participation and respect among cultures by linking what we learned from human behaviors, beliefs and traditions with environmental and human right issues. (co-founder).

  • Open Show San Francisco Green Film Festival, San Francisco CA 2016
  • GRA, Equipament Juvenil Granollers, Barcelona Spain 2016
  • Santa Clara University, San Jose, CA 2014
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary School, La Misión, San Francisco, CA 2013
  • Thomas Downey High School, Modesto, CA 2012
  • Intercycles Cannondale Chile, Chile 2012
  • •Museo Martín Gusinde, Puerto Williams,, Chile 2012
  • Liceo Donald Mc. Intyre Griggitths (x6), Puerto Williams, Chile 2012
  • Darien Hight School, Darien, Connecticut 2012
  • Christopher Columbus Elementary School, New Haven, Connecticut 2012
  • Faculty of Physical Science and Mathematics, Universidad de Chile, Chile 2011
  • Art and Sicial Sience University ARCIS, Santiago, Chile 2011
  • Pablo Neruda Fundación, Isla Negra, Chile 2011
  • Casa de la Cultura, Nogales, Chile 2011
  • National Park Eduardo Avaroa, Bolivia 2010
  • Universidad Alas Peruanas, Andahuaylas, Peru 2010
  • National University Jose Maria Arguedas, Andahuaylas, Peru 2010
  • Universidad de Bracamoros, Jaen, Peru 2010
  • Universidad Amazonica, Puyo, Ecuador 2010
  • Penitentiary and Prison from Armenia INPEC, Armenia, Colombia 2010
  • SENA Forest Engineering, San Jose del Guaviare, Colombia 2010
  • El Café de los Artistas, Granada, Nicaragua 2009
  • Cultural Center “Los Tres Mundos”, Granada, Nicaragua 2009

Visual Art Exhibitions

Solo Mujeres, Mission Cultural center for Latino Art, San Francisco CA 2017,
San Francisco Symphony “Dia de Muertos” interactive Altar 2014, 2015 ,2016
We are all Refugees, Community Media Center of Marin, San Rafael, CA 2016
      – Stable café, San Francisco CA 2016
Solo Mujeres, Mission Cultural center for Latino Art, San Francisco CA 2015,
Co- curate Solo Mujeres, Mission Cultural center for Latino Art, San Francisco CA 2014
The Gaze From the Bicycle /La Mirada Desde la Bicicleta
      – GRA, Equipament Juvenil Granollers, Barcelona, Spain 2016
      – Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA 2013
      – Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA 2013
      – Casa Museo Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra, Chile 2011
      – Casa de la Cultura de Nogales, Chile 2011
      – Universidad ARCIS, Santiago, Chile 2011
Trash Memories, Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA 2012
Untitle, solo show Gallery 25, San Francisco, CA 2007
Luna Negra, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA 2007
911 Squared Collective, Melting Point Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006
Illusion 5, The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA 2006
Solo Show, Tracy Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006
Group Show, The Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA 2004


Latino Artist FELLWOSHIP at Root Division 2016-2017


Teaching Training, Teaching Art Institute, California College of Art, Oakland, CA 2007
Community Education Program, Film and Print Making, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA 2004
Bachelors of Science in Studio Art, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT 1999


“Art allows me the freedom to explore my inner self juxtaposed to my outer self.”

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Atelier Güell
Carrer de les Penedides, 8, 08001 Barcelona

+1 (415) 572.4216
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